I'm mid-way through my second year (I'm in UK) in physics (not that this stuff makes a whole lot of difference, but it's background) and i'm about to apply for a sponsorship for a short work-placement in the department of a local University over the summer. To apply, I need to hand a CV in and write a short paragraph on why I want to get the placement. Basically, I'm open for tips on what to write for my short paragraph. Obviously I'm heavily interested in what I do, so thats a place to start - I can talk about that and continue with my reading/fasctination with journals etc but i'm just wondering if theres any ideas for something extra. Also, when they say CV (the obvious thing here would be to ask them but..well, I didn't and I won't be in contact for a short while) are they expecting a fully-laid out history including professional past and all current qualifications? I'm guessing yes on this one. Anyway, any contributions appreciated, thanks.